Wow, there are lots of things happening in this chapter. It begins with the death of James, the brother of John (the beloved disciple). James was part of the inner circle of Jesus and he is the first of the 11 faithful disciples that has died for being a follower of the Way. Peter is then arrested, but has a miraculous experience happen as an angel appears before him and rescues him. Why is Peter rescued and James not? These are questions we will never have answers to. Perhaps Peter's mission from God had not been accomplished? Either way, Peter escapes and continues his mission of making Christ known.
The part that may have stuck out to me the most was the death of Herod Agrippa. It says that Herod was struck down dead because he accepted the worship of other humans, instead of giving glory to God. How much of this happens in our world today? Athletes, musicians, PASTOR'S, and others often accept the praise and worship of others instead of deflecting it to God. In what ways have you failed to deflect worship from you back to God?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and take-aways.